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Shahnaz Husain
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Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to

I have unwanted hair on the face, chest, stomach, hands and legs. Please suggest a permanent solution with home remedies. — Swathi

For hair on the body, the best hair removal option is waxing. Have it done at a good beauty salon. For facial hair, you can have threading and waxing done. The permanent hair removal method is said to be laser therapy. Laser produces an intense beam of light, which disables the hair follicle’s ability to produce hair. Re-growth occurs for some time in many cases. You need to find a good laser clinic. Find out how many sessions will be needed in your case and the costs. It is an expensive treatment. Home remedies do not remove hair, but are said to gradually lessen growth during a period of time. Make a thick paste of sugar, lemon juice and water and apply it in the direction of hair growth. Wash it off when it dries. Apply it once or twice a week. Apply a paste of turmeric powder and milk and rub this on the skin with a circular motion. It is said to discourage facial hair, but it may leave a yellowish tinge on the skin.

I live in Ireland. My skin is always dry. Before, my skin was naturally soft and good. What should I do? — Krishna

Avoid soap and use a cleansing cream or gel, applying it on the face and wiping it off with moist cotton wool. Mix together a little milk with honey and apply it daily on the face. Wash it off with plain water after 15 minutes. Apply a sunscreen cream before going out in the sun. At night, apply a nourishing cream and massage it on the face with a few drops of water. Wipe off the excess cream with moist cotton wool before bedtime. If the skin still feels dry, apply a light moisturising lotion before bedtime.


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